Osmania Biscuits
TypeTea biscuit
Place of originIndia
Region or stateHyderabad
Created byHyderabdi cafes
Serving temperatureSnack
Main ingredientsmilk, flour, salt, sugar

Osmania Biscuit is a popular tea biscuit from Hyderabad.[1]


The biscuits were first baked on the demand of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, who wanted a snack that was a little sweet and a little salty. Today, the evening chai is incomplete without these biscuits anywhere in the city. With the growth of Hyderabad as an IT hub, people from all over India were exposed to this unique biscuit and as a result of this, Osmania Biscuits are now on the list of anyone who comes to Hyderabad or goes back to his hometown. Variations of Osmania Biscuits exist in other states too; in Chennai, a biscuit that is known as 'Butter Biscuit' is almost similar.

It is one of the cultural identities in Hyderabad and is especially sold in places like Charminar and Old Hyderabad . It was sold at the cafes like New Grand Hotel in the vicinity of the Osmania Hospital, demanding the bakers in the city to add the item in the menu along with the Irani chai.[2][3]

Biscuits/Cookies made by Vidushi Kaushik
Biscuits/Cookies made by Vidushi Kaushik


  1. ^ Osmania Biscuit
  2. ^ Osmania biscuit-A tough cookie indeed
  3. ^ "Hyderabad's Osmania biscuits to cross borders".